An Evans woman has been charged in a Jan. 7 incident that seriously injured a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office bicycle deputy.
Kathy Howle, 38, of Evans, was charged with driving too fast for conditions, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tony Keller.
She was driving her Ford F-150 truck along Furys Ferry Road in McCormick County at about 3:15 p.m., when she hit off-duty Deputy Mark Benson, who was riding his bicycle on the edge of the road.
Benson, 60, of Augusta, is in good condition at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Benson is a 16-year veteran of the sheriff’s office currently assigned to the Special Operations Division Bike Patrol, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
A motorist traveling behind Howle’s truck said several other vehicles passed Benson, but Howle’s truck hit him. Benson was airlifted to MCG for treatment.